Creative Generalist’s 2005 Round-up
What an amazing year for generalist ideas and initiatives! Here’s a holiday sampling of some of my favourite posts from the last 12 months.
Interconnected Ecology – Ecologists all seem to be generalists.
One Item or Less – If big box grocery stores were to specialize…
Conceptual Age – The Wired article that lead to A Whole New Mind, one of the top book releases this year.
The Limits of Generalism – That sinking feeling of being on the outside of a specialty.
Plenitude – A prescient essay by Grant McCracken about variety and fragmentation.
826 Valencia – San Francisco’s only independent pirate supply store. Brilliant!
Marketing General Interest Magazines – My take on this peculiar corner of the mag rack.
Massive Change – An entirely thought-provoking book and exhibit featuring a range of disparate views.
Progress Traps – Ronald Wright’s amazing book explains how we’re out-innovationg ourselves.
Chaos Scenario and The Long Tail – A shake-up year in media and a new catchphrase popularizing niches.
Alinea’s Chef Grant Achatz – An imaginative approach to food.
Interdisciplinary Academia – The curse/joy of being interdisciplinary and the future of academia.
Specialization and Design – Have designers lost sight of the big picture?
The Little Giant of Nantes – Such a splendidly vivid demonstration of story and performance.
The Big Picture Burden – The downside of grasping wholes and systems and the long view.
The Flight of the Creative Class – Richard Florida’s new book points to generalist traits as advantages for creative nations.
Two Sides of the Same Coin – The balance between specialized innovation and diverse wide-ranging ideation.
Jake Shimabukuro’s Ukelele – This dude plays a mean ukelele.
Roots of Empathy – Improving the “emotional literacy” of kids and teens.
Does College Matter – Education vs. learning – you choose.
Thinking, Linking, Doing – The three stages to realizing ideas.
Green Automaking? – A profile of a sick industry that could have used a few good generalists.
What Business Can Learn from Open Source – Paul Graham’s excellent essay which rippled through the blogosphere.
Problems are Solved by Seekers – Nancy Dixon’s recipe for improving organizational learning.
Unskilled and Unaware of It – To know what you don’t know.
Leadership is Grasping Context – The shared trait of the entrepreneurial leader, the leader as manager, and the charismatic leader.
Why You Should Continue to Date Me – A series of amusing and clever charts by Joel Friesen.
Pandora – I will happily recommend this fine tool of musical exploration.
Landing One Plane at a Time – The 4 disciplines of execution and the role of specialization.
And last but not least: The Creative Generalist: How Broad Thinking Leads to Big Ideas – A highlight for me this year – my very own ChangeThis manifesto. Thank you so much to everybody who posted and emailed me their comments. It’s been absolutely incredible to encounter so many curious and open-minded souls who actually read and care about my ramblings and the miscellany of stuff I link to from this blog. Thank you.
To all my creative generalist friends, season’s greetings and best wishes for 2006!